Stanly Community College receives cybersecurity accolade

Published 4:56 pm Monday, March 18, 2024

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As the world grapples with the escalating threat of cyber assaults, the demand for cybersecurity experts to be at the forefront of defense is surging.

In recognition of its exceptional cybersecurity program, Stanly Community College (SCC) has been bestowed with the designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) through 2028. The college’s IT Cybersecurity program was also validated through the 2028 academic year.

The validation of the program was SCC’s first step in applying for the designation as an institution.

The CAE-CD program is co-sponsored by two of the most respected entities in the field- the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

This collaboration aims to enhance and promote the expertise of cybersecurity professionals within government agencies at federal, state and local levels, thereby making a substantial impact on the cybersecurity landscape.
Colleges and universities that earn the CAE designation from the U.S. Government undergo stringent and thorough evaluations. These assessments are designed to ensure that students receive exceptional training and are equipped with the comprehensive knowledge needed to effectively combat cybersecurity threats, instilling a sense of confidence in the quality of their education.

For more information about SCC’s Information Technology Cybersecurity program, contact Gonda Watson at 704-991-0390 or